WordPress, by default, comes with two different taxonomies – Categories and Tags. Each of your WordPress posts must be filed under at least one category. In case you forget to categorize a post, it is automatically filed under your default category. In WordPress, the default category is titled ‘Uncategorized’. Usually, you can just go to Posts » Categories and delete a category. However, you cannot delete a default category until you assign another category to be used as default.

In this article, we will show you how to rename the uncategorized category, and how to change the default category in WordPress.

Rename Uncategorized Category in WordPress

Since it is not possible to delete a default category, you’ll need to rename it. You need to visit Posts » Categories page in the WordPress admin and click on the edit link below the Uncategorized category.

This will bring you to the category edit screen where you can rename your category and change its URL slug.

You are free to change the URL slug if your site is not live or indexed by search engines.

However, if you change the URL slug in your live site, it will result in 404 errors when search engines or users visit the old URL.

Rename uncategorized category into something you think will be more useful.

Change Default Category in WordPress

You can also easily change the default category in WordPress. First make sure you have a category other than uncategorized available. If you have a category that you would like to use as default, then you can skip this step. Otherwise, go to Posts » Categories and create a new category.

Now visit Settings » Writing page. The first option on the page is to set a default post category. You’ll see that the first option is the default category.

Select the category you want to use as default from the drop down menu. Save you changes and it’s done.

WordPress will now use the category you selected as the default category. If you forget to assign a category to a post, then it will be filed under this default category. However, posts filed under uncategorized will not be moved to the new category. You can edit those posts and change their category.

That is all that’s there to it. We hope this post helped you to rename uncategorized category and also to change the default category in WordPress.